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College of Education
006 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

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Special Education

The mission of the Special Education academic program is to prepare knowledgeable, ethical, caring decision makers for students with special educational needs in the context of diverse and inclusive social groups, communities, families, and students.

Our goal is to prepare specialists to serve students and families with specific educational needs through assessment and intervention, leadership and collaboration, and clinical application, research, and practice.

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Science in Special Education (M.S.)
    • The M.S. in Special Education program prepares special education teachers at the graduate level in a cross categorical program with two areas of specialization: High Incidence special education and Low Incidence special education. These programs have been approved for special education endorsement by the Kansas State Department of Education.
  • Doctor of Education in Special Education (Ed.D.)
    • The Ed.D. in Special Education program prepares personnel for special education administration of special education programs.
  • Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 
    Graduate Certificate
    • This certificate program extends the training of graduate students who have either already completed a M.S. degree in special education or who are currently enrolled in the M.S. program in special education at KSU and wish to add the autism certificate. The central goal of the certificate program in autism is to provide special education teachers with understanding and skills to provide special education programs for students with autism.

Endorsements for Licensure

  • High Incidence (Adaptive) and Low Incidence (Functional)
    Special Education (Elementary or Secondary) Endorsement
    • The special education endorsement can be granted to a person who holds a valid Kansas Professional Teaching License for the level (i.e., elementary or secondary) of special education preparation. The endorsement programs for high incidence (adaptive) or low incidence (functional) special education may lead to a master’s degree – specific requirements for these endorsement areas are included on the Special Education Master's Degree web page. At least half of the credits required for special education endorsement must be earned at K-State, including at least one major course and one practicum, before the College of Education may recommend for special education endorsement.
    • The Low Incidence Special Education Endorsement program is available online – learn more on the K-State Global Campus website.
    • For more information about special education endorsements, please contact Diane Murphy, K-State Licensing Officer at dim@k-state.edu.

Undergraduate Provisional Endorsements

These programs prepare undergraduate education students for working with exceptional students in the general education classroom:

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Master of Science


Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Kansas Endorsements
in Special Education

Low Incidence Special Education
High Incidence Special Education

Provisional Endorsements

QuickStart for Elementary Education
StepAhead for Secondary Education

Course Delivery:

Manhattan Campus
Some courses available Online

Tuition Information:

See the Cashiers and Student Accounts website for tuition and fee schedules.


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